The doctors and staff at this practice are committed to providing high quality healthcare and services to patients. If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the practice, please let us know.
We operate a complaints procedure as part of the NHS system for dealing with complaints. The practice complaints procedure meets national criteria.
How to complain
It is best to tell a member of staff about any concerns or problems as soon as they arise and we will try to sort them out. You can tell a member of staff at the practice, email or call us, or contact us via our Feedback page. If you wish to make a complaint, please let us have details of your complaint as soon as possible so we can find out what happened. It helps us if you can give us as full details as possible.
You can ask for an appointment with Anwar Hussain –Practice Manager in order to discuss your concerns or email email@example.com.
He will explain the complaints procedure to you and make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly.
You need to make a complaint within 12 months of the incident that caused the problem OR within 12 months of discovering that you have a problem relating to a specific incident.
What we will do
We will contact you about your complaint within three working days and discuss with you the best way to investigate it, including the time scales for a reply. We will aim to offer you an explanation within the time frame, or a meeting with the people involved.
We will look into your complaint to:
• Find out what happened and what went wrong
• Invite you to discuss the problem with those involved, if you would like this
• Apologise where this is appropriate
• Identify what we can do to make sure that the problem does not happen again
Complaining on behalf of someone else
Medical records are protected by the Data Protection Act 1998. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else we need to know that you have permission to do so. A note signed by the person concerned will be needed unless they are incapable (i.e. due to illness) of providing this.
The Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (POhWER) on 0300 456 2370
can provide free impartial support when you are making a complaint. They can help to draft or write a letter, can arrange interpreting or can accompany you to a meeting.
The website is www.pohwer.net
If you’re still unhappy, you can refer the matter to the with the ombudsman by email:firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: 0300 061 4000.
If you would prefer to write, the address is:
Citygate, 51 Mosley St, Manchester M2
• We want you to let us know if you are unhappy or have a suggestion about
how we can do things better
• All complaints are treated in the strictest confidence
• Making a complaint will not affect your treatment or care